We have eight short days until Netflix releases its film adaptation of the international hit that is Death Note. Just like movies like Okja, Bright, and What Happened to Monday, Death Note is proof of the streaming service’s commitment to creating original films. Yet, of course, with any existing property, Death Note is bound to have tons of rabid fans who are ready to tear it apart at a moment’s notice.
In addition to many fans wanting this movie to be a scene-by-scene reenactment of the 12-volume manga series, we have the additional race issue. Hollywood has a bad habit of whitewashing, and given the white and black (distinctly non-Japanese, in other words) leads of this movie, many fans are already cursing this flick. But what about the original creators? We reported back around San Diego Comic-Con that producer of the film Masi Oka had revealed that they loved the film, but in a new statement from Netflix, they get a little more specific.
Here’s what writer Tsugumi Oba had to say:
“Thanks to the beautiful imagery and the thrilling direction by Adam Wingard, the movie is magnificent A-level thriller masterpiece. The characters are all faithful to satisfying their desires. I’ve always wanted to write a Death Note like this as well. Through Netflix it will reach a global audience, so I hope that the people around the world who didn’t know about Death Note will get a chance to discover and enjoy it.”
The illustrator, Takeshi Obata, said:
“It exceeded my expectations. There was high level of quality, sophistication, and attention to every detail. This is what a Hollywood Death Note movie should be. Personally, I was engrossed with the ending! In a good way, it both followed and diverged from the original work so the film can be enjoyed, of course by not only the fans, but also by a much larger and wider audience.”
Of course, fans of the original will likely decry this as propaganda until they have a chance to see the film for themselves, but if you wanted just a taste of what to expect in the interaction between Death Note wielder Light and master detective L, Netflix has released a new scene from the film (which you can check out at the top.
The official synopsis for Death Note is below:
“Based on the famous Japanese manga written by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, Death Note follows a high school student who comes across a supernatural notebook, realizing it holds within it a great power; if the owner inscribes someone’s name into it while picturing their face, he or she will die. Intoxicated with his new godlike abilities, the young man begins to kill those he deems unworthy of life.
“The Netflix original film is directed by Adam Wingard (Blair Witch, You’re Next) and stars Nat Wolff (Paper Towns), Margaret Qualley (The Leftovers), Lakeith Stanfield (Get Out), Paul Nakauchi (Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End), Shea Whigham (American Hustle) and Willem Dafoe (Spider-Man) as the voice of Ryuk.”
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Death Note hits Netflix on August 25, 2017!
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